co·​in·​ci·​den·​tal | \ (ˌ)kō-ˌin(t)-sə-ˈden-tᵊl How to pronounce coincidental (audio) \

Definition of coincidental

1 : resulting from a coincidence a coincidental resemblance
2 : occurring or existing at the same time coincidental deaths

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The fact that he and his boss went to the same college was purely coincidental. the nearly coincidental deaths of Princess Diana and Mother Teresa

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That may not be coincidental: Qatari officials have publicly backed the Moroccan bid, and some of the consultants who masterminded Qatar’s success in the corruption-marred bidding for the 2022 tournament have signed on to push Morocco’s candidacy. Andrew Das, New York Times, "Morocco’s World Cup Bid: New Stadiums and ‘Very Low Gun Circulation’," 26 Mar. 2018 Her bright green hat matched her dress—and was a subtle, if likely coincidental, nod to the emerald tiara that the bride borrowed from Queen Elizabeth's collection. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Princess Anne Wore Emerald Green to Her Niece Princess Eugenie's Wedding to Jack Brooksbank," 12 Oct. 2018 Pitts speculates that ancient people noticed this entirely coincidental alignment and built the surrounding monument up around it, lugging the other stones from other areas to build up the entire monument over centuries. Scott Berson, sacbee, "Parts of Stonehenge may have been there long before humans were around, archaeologist says," 10 Apr. 2018 Needless to say, the timing is ideal and certainly not coincidental. Maria Cassano, Allure, "13 Affordable Wigs to Buy for Your Last-Minute Halloween Costume," 10 Oct. 2018 Jessica Levinson, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said the timing of the announcement could hardly be coincidental. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Trump Orders Expedited Delivery of Western Water," 19 Oct. 2018 The addition of on-trend shades in the collection was purely coincidental. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Designers of Proenza Schouler Share Exclusive Details on Their Massive Lancôme Makeup Collab," 11 Sep. 2018 But a new report from the Mail on Sunday revealed that the photos weren’t coincidental — they were staged. Diana Pearl,, "Meghan Markle's Half-Sister Admits She Arranged for Their Dad to Pose for Staged Photos," 14 May 2018 The Gone Girl vibes in this series aren't coincidental. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Amy Adams' New HBO Show Looks Like a Creepy Mix of 'Big Little Lies' and 'Gone Girl'," 23 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of coincidental

circa 1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coincidental

coincident + -al entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of coincidental

: happening because of a coincidence : not planned

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